My Space Age 1957 – infinity and beyond
1957 Sputnik arrived & so did I. Meanwhile the first astronauts were being sought in The Right Stuff – Tom Wolf
1963 Dr Who crossed the space time vortex on to our little black & white screens. Daleks couldn’t go upstairs & female companions screamed a lot – but at least they were there. The 12th or is it 13th Doctor materialises on our screens in August.
While in real life 1963 Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space.
1966 Star Trek! – Still Living long and prospering, nearly 50 years later. Lieutenant Uhura brought us a strong black female character and the first inter-racial kiss on US TV.
Both series showed us with other worlds but used these to reflect problems on Earth – discrimination, care of the planet, Cold War.
1968 Space is cool; fashion by Paco Rabanne clothed the future in foil and created the costumes for Barbarella – not everyone’s idea of women in space. We were up there with Major Tom’s Space Oddity.
Books and TV programmes by Patrick Moore and Carl Sagan showed a generation the wonders of the universe and today the people they inspired Brian Cox, Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Chris Lintoff continue their work on TV and in print.
In 1969 aged 11, I bought 2001 a space odyssey by Arthur C Clarke which became possibly the most famous #spaceread of all. The Stanley Kubrick film sequence showing the flight to the space station and on to the moon accompanied by the Johann Strauss – Blue Danube is the a bench mark for later SF films.
1969 The Moon! 45 years ago on our TV – Apollo 11 lifts off to the theme of Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss – previously used in the film of 2001 – life imitating art
By 1970 surely we would all be living on the moon soon? – on TV UFO showed us our future lives on the moon 1980 in purple wigs.
Maybe we can follow Curiosity on the #PathtoMars – “Make it so”